Research in Sociology of Religion

The projectGender, sexual diversity and religious pluralism in local associations of Catalonia” has was carried out between the months of November 2021 and November 2022. The research aimed to identify and analyze the debates around gender equality, the rights of LGTBIQ+ people and the governance of pluralism and religious freedom. To perform this task, a qualitative research has been designed and carried out focused on local associations of three Catalan cities: Santa Coloma de Gramenet, Lleida and Vic. The project offers an innovative perspective through the intersection of different theoretical frameworks in the field of the social sciences. Specifically, the project is based on the following perspectives: (1) Put the notion of gender equality and LGBTIQ+ rights at the center of the issue; (2) Contrast the individual and institutional nuances in the speeches and practices of the actors; (3) Establish the local sphere as a starting point to compare negotiation strategies, institutional responses and interactions between social actors. In addition to that, the project had an important dimension related to the social and political impact through the return of research findings to the participating actors and the preparation of an executive report.